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Why the Orioles couldn't crack Jacob deGrom

Why the Orioles couldn't crack Jacob deGrom

Well, the most obvious reason the Orioles had little success against dominant New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was because he’s one of the best in the game right now and has all the good numbers to prove it.

The Orioles have been known to rise to that kind of challenge, as they did against Oakland Athletics ace Sonny Gray in Monday’s sweep-clinching victory, but they’ve also been known to defeat themselves when they get too aggressive at the plate.

That was a factor Tuesday night. The Orioles got a run on five hits off deGrom over 7 2/3 innings, which is pretty much in line with what he does to most of the lineups he faces in the National...